A total of 518 flu-associated hospitalizations were reported by 52 hospitals this season, with in the past week. "We're not seeing as many deaths or hospitalizations when people do get vaccinated".
And it's not just older adults who are vulnerable to what's been a ravaging flu season.
In Tarrant County and across Texas, the flu remains widespread.
However, even if the vaccine does not keep a person from getting the flu entirely, it may help keep them from getting sicker than they otherwise would.
"This is a severe flu season, and unfortunately there are no signs that it has peaked yet", said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. The hospitals have enacted visitor restrictions for children ages 12 and younger.
"We're offering free flu shots because confirmed cases of the virus continue to be a significant health threat throughout Pennsylvania". All three had underlying medical issues.
"Thus, deaths due to influenza may peak after the peak of person-to-person transmission in a community", Ohl said. It is especially recommended for those over the age of 65, those who suffer from chronic heart and lung conditions, and pregnant women.
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Hopefully, that along with other common flu preventative measures will keep you and your children healthy as we hopefully near the back end of this hard flu season.
Clinics will be held in Adams, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Indiana, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Washington, Westmoreland, and York counties.
The predominant strain picked up in lab tests so far is a strain of influenza A known as H3N2.
The CDC urges flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older with rare exceptions.
"The percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was 10.2 percent (last week)", according to DHEC.
"We know this from taking pills", Salber said.